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Ballinteer seniors leading the boom for Marlay ladies

CAMOGIE is dancing at Ballinteer St John's. This season, two adult teams and five underage sides will be on the Marlay march.

The game has been simmering for over a decade. Now it's coming to the boil. The top side reside in Senior B. It's been a long climb up through the grades.

And the presence of a Junior squad is welcomed by all. Two adult panels cement the progress. But it's the river that flows underneath that is really causing optimism. And with the club's new all-weather pitch at Ballinteer Community School, the future looks even brighter.


"Camogie is very strong here now," reports Ballinteer's camogie chairperson, Tom Hayes. "We had a lull for a couple of years but there has been a great resurgence. Camogie is now very much an integral and significant part of the club and we are very happy with the way things are shaping up.

"The new all-weather pitch will be a huge asset to us, and not only to the camogie section. Football, hurling and ladies football will all benefit.

"It's lovely to have it there for the youth of the parish. It's a huge statement to make in the area. It says that the GAB is very active and vibrant in the community."

The camogie clan have already been cracking in the goals and looting over the points on the magic carpet. And the hours that they will spend there in the coming weeks, months and years is sure to turn their first touch golden.

Board notes

3Congrats to DIT on a magnificent win in the Purcell Cup final - well done to Dublin players Joelenne Hoary who captained the team, Sarah Ryan, Grainne Quinn and manager Stephen Hoary of Good Counsel. Hard luck to UCD, NUIM, TCD and DCU.

3Congrats to Alison Maguire who was named an Ashbourne Cup All Star and Sarah Ryan and Rachel Ruddy who won Purcell Cup All-Star awards.

3Appreciation to Lucan and Parnells for training support.

3Table Quiz in aid of senior and junior Dublin teams on Monday March 15 in Na Fianna. Tables of four: €40. Book by emailing info@dublincamogie.ie. All clubs urged to support.

3Dublin play Wexford on Sunday in the National League Round 1 in Buffers Alley at 2pm while the Junior team is away to Armagh also on Sunday in Cullyhanna at 1.30pm. Best of luck to both.

3Speedy get well to St Finian's mentor Liam Curran.

3Latest edition of CamogEzine February 2010 now published. Check www.dublincamogie.ie for details.

3Become a Fan of Camogie on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Camogie/217157391491 and Follow Camogie on Twitter http://twitter.com/Camogie1.

3Many thanks to Offaly and Tipp for challenges at the weekend.

3Next county board meeting is on 8 March 2010.

3An exciting new league and championship structure has been approved by the County Board. Many thanks to Development Officer Denis Murphy for his preparatory work.